On That-Which-Is-God and That-Which-Is-Not-God

by Bethany

Highlighted Text: Isaiah 14:13-14
Full Text: Isaiah 14; 1 Peter 2

Pride | As we saw last week [1], God called Isaiah to speak to a stubborn and prideful people, indicting them, “You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God. I will set my throne on high … I will make myself like the Most High’” [2]. Today, our pride may say different things, but it’s no less real. Most of the time, our pride says nothing about God at all. We ignore Him and act like He doesn’t exist. We function apart from prayer and His Word. We get frustrated with Him when He doesn’t do what we want or when He doesn’t tell us what we want to know. Oftentimes there is little or “no fear of God before our eyes” [3].

Incomprehensible | One way to attack pride is to meditate on God’s uniqueness [4]. A.W. Tozer wrote about God’s incomprehensibility: “When the Scripture states that man was made in the image of God, we dare not … make it mean ‘in the exact image.’ To do so is … to break down the wall, infinitely high, that separates that-which-is-God from that-which-is-not-God. To think of creature and Creator as alike in essential being is to rob God of most of His attributes … If we insist upon trying to imagine Him, we end with an idol, made not with hands but with thoughts; and an idol of the mind is as offensive to God as an idol of the hand” [5].

Transcendent | Concerning our response to His divine transcendence, Tozer wrote, “In olden days men of faith were said to ‘walk in the fear of God’ … However intimate their communion with God, however bold their prayers, at the base of their religious life was the conception of God as awesome and dreadful. This idea of God transcendent rims through the whole Bible … This fear of God was … an acute feeling of personal insufficiency in the presence of God the Almighty” [6].

Prayer | Lord, There is none like you in heaven above or on earth below. Yours is the greatness, the dignity and the majesty. All that is in heaven and on earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever [7]. You are exalted as head over all. Let us never create idols with our thoughts and let us become increasingly dependent on you. Amen.



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[1] 843 Acres. “On Coming into the Presence of the Lord.” 8 May 2012.  |  [2] Isaiah 14:13-14 ESV  |  [3] Psalm 36:1. See also The Knowledge of the Holy by Tozer: “When the psalmist saw the transgression of the wicked his heart told him how it could be. ‘There is no fear of God before his eyes,’ he explained, and in so saying revealed to us the psychology of sin. When men no longer fear God, they transgress His laws without hesitation. The fear of consequences is not deterrent when the fear of God is gone.” Tozer, A.W. (2010-10-20). The Knowledge of The Holy (Kindle Location 1188). Kindle Edition.  |  [4] The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer is one long meditation on the holiness and the otherness and the uniqueness of the Lord. I highly recommend it for anyone or any group who wants to spend time thinking about the difference between that-which-is-God and that-which-is-not-God and what that means in our lives and hearts. My community group is reading chapters of it together right now. You can find the entire essay on PDF: here. Or you can order it: here ($6.75).  |  [5] Tozer, A.W. (2010-10-20). The Knowledge of The Holy (Kindle Locations 161-178). Kindle Edition.  |  [6] Tozer, A.W. (2010-10-20). The Knowledge of The Holy (Kindle Locations 1189-1193). Kindle Edition.  |  [7] Prayer based on introduction to Chapter 7. Tozer, A.W. (2010-10-20). The Knowledge of The Holy (Kindle Location 1146). Kindle Edition.

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